Christmas in the Branch

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Christmas in the Branch

Discover an all-new interactive holiday experience in Farmers Branch!

Create new holiday traditions at Christmas in the Branch, where you can explore Santa’s Village, shop our holiday Marketplace and ice skate Under the Stars at our outdoor skating rink.  Our traditional Tour of Lights drive thru display has been re-imagined into this exciting interactive Christmas experience where now you can get out and play!

December 1

Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December  1
4 – 8 pm

Liberty Plaza, 12400 N. Stemmons Freeway, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Join us on December 1, 2018 as we welcome in the yuletide with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting now at Liberty Plaza. There will be ice skating, fun activities for children, hot chocolate and cookies, festive holiday music and the lighting of the Christmas Tree that will include Santa Claus himself. Shop local vendors for unique handmade/homemade gifts at our Holiday Marketplace in the Grove.

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Event Details:

  • Event opens at 4:00 pm
  • Event Location: Liberty Plaza, 12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch, 75234
  • Free Admission. All ages welcome.
  • ATM Available onsite
  • Event Hotline: 972-919-1433

To allow for event setup and operation, please note that Denton Drive, from Farmers Branch Lane to Bill Moses Parkway, will be temporarily closed from 2 pm to 10 pm, on Saturday, December 1.

Entertainment:

  • Vocal Magic
  • The One Band
  • Local Schools & Theater

 

Skating Under the Stars:

  • Outdoor ice rink in front of the Star Center

 

Marketplace:

  • New to the annual Tree Lighting, this year’s event features a Holiday Marketplace showcasing local vendors – shop for unique homemade/handmade gifts just in time for the holiday season!

 

Free Activities:

  • Lighting of the City and Stage Show
  • Free cocoa and cookies provided by the City of Farmers Branch
  • Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!   Arriving by Fire Truck at 4:00 pm, be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment.   Donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Metrocrest Services Toy Drive, or a $5 donation. There will be no line reservations this year, and please note that from approximately 5:45 to 6:15, Santa and Mrs. Claus will join Mayor Dye for the Tree Lighting.
  • Inflatable slide
  • Inflatable obstacle course
  • Inflatable snow globe to get in and take pictures
  • Trackless train
  • LED juggler
  • Balloon Artists
  • Face Painters
  • Holiday Crafts for Kids

Pinks serving:​ Corn Dogs, Chicken Baskets & Funnel Cakes.

Easy Sliders serving: Sliders.

Hot Potato serving: Gourmet Baked Potato.

Doughnut Snob serving: Gourmet Doughnuts.

Totally Nutz serving: Roasted Cinnamon Nuts.

 

Visit Nuevo Leon Mex-Mex Restaurant for snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the Outdoor Ice Skating Rink.

All parking is free!

Primary event parking is located at Farmers Branch City Hall and surrounding lots, 13000 William Dodson Parkway.

ADA parking is available at City Hall as well as the Farmers Branch DART station, 12800 Denton Drive.

Overflow event parking (including ADA parking) with Free Shuttle provided at Metro Square Business Park (12300 Ford Road) – Corner of Ford Road and Villa Creek. Shuttle will operate from 3:30 pm to 10 pm.

Or go green and ride DART to the event!  Liberty Plaza, the Grove and the outdoor ice rink are right across the street from the Farmers Branch DART Station

No Outside Alcohol will be allowed at this event.
Items not allowed inside the gate:

  • Alcohol (not permitted to enter or leave event site)
  • Smoking
  • Illegal drugs
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Contraband
  • Canopies or Pop-Up Tents
  • Skate boards, Roller Blades, In-Line Skates and Bicycles
  • Golf Carts and ATV’s
  • Unauthorized sales, solicitations and distributions

List of Prohibited Items

December 1 - January 6

Skating Under the STARS

December 1 – January 6

Farmers Branch StarCenter
12700 N Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Skate under the stars at the outdoor ice skating rink.

 

December 1

4 – 10 pm


December 2 – December 20

Monday – Friday 5  – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday  Noon – 10 pm

December 21 – January 6

7 days a week  Noon – 10 pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day

Tickets

Youth (ages 0 -17) $8
Adults (ages 18+) $9
Skate Rental $4 or bring your own skates
No time limit per visit.

Stay & Play

Create memories of a lifetime!

We’ve been working closely with Santa to create an experience that your little ones will cherish forever. Please check back soon for information on our hotel packages.

December 8

Holiday Marketplace in the Grove

Saturday, December 8
4 – 8 pm

The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Celebrate the holiday season by shopping at the Marketplace, Skating Under the Stars, letting the kids enjoy activities and don’t forget about seeing Santa!

December 15

Holiday Marketplace in the Grove

Saturday, December 15
4 – 8 pm

The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Celebrate the holiday season by shopping at the Marketplace, Skating Under the Stars, letting the kids enjoy activities and don’t forget about seeing Santa!

Other Christmas Activities in the Branch

Christmas Open House

Friday, November 30
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, 14050 Heartside Place, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

FREE and Family Friendly! Enjoy a visit with Santa, crafts, entertainment, strolling carolers, story time with Mrs. Claus, Samantha’s Footnotes dance recital, fitness equipment and class demonstrations, and refreshements.

Christmas High Teas

Saturday, December 1 & 8
1 pm & 3:30 pm

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Family Friendly! Join us as we celebrate the Christmas season with live harp music, impeccable service and scrumptious tea goodies such as hand-made scones with clotted cream and jam.

$40 per person.
$30 for Friends of the Historical Park Member.
Tickets include a guided From Prairie to Posh: Christmas Structure Tour. Seating is limited and full payment is required at time of reservation.

From Prairie to Posh: Christmas Structure Tours

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS IN DECEMBER

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234


Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22  |  2:30 pm
Friday, December 7, 14 & 21  |  2:30 & lantern led at 6:30 pm

FREE and Family Friendly! Celebrate the season with guided tours of the “From Prairie to Posh” Christmas exhibit. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the mid-late 19th century and spotlights how the average citified urban versus country rural family celebrated Christmas. Guests will be able to compare the similarities and differences in the decorations, gifts, entertainment and attire.

Trek the Halls

Tuesday, December 4
6 pm

Farmers Branch Manske Library, 13613 Webb Chapel Road, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Family Friendly! Make Star Trek inspired crafts while watching Star Trek Voyager at the Library! Episode 2, Season 6, titled “Survival Instinct” provided the tag line “Sufficient is insufficient” for Station Eleven’s Travelling Symphony. This episode will play on the big screen while participants travel from one crafting station to another “trekking” the halls! This program is part of our NEA Big Read.

Painting with Paloma

Thursday, December 6
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Ages 16+. Watercolor your Christmas cards this year and practice your brush lettering. All skill levels welcome and encouraged.

$35 per person, includes supplies; space is limited and pre-registration is required.

First Friday: ‘Tis the Season

Friday, December 7
10 am – 12 pm

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Ages 3 – 6. Join us for family friendly First Fridays at the Historical Park!  Enjoy an educational lesson and hands-on activity/craft every first of the month.

We are celebrating the holly-jolly month of December by trimming the School House tree, creating take home ornaments, snack and a sneak peek at the “From Prairie to Posh” exhibit and more.

$2 per person; space limited and pre-registration is required. Parents/guardians must stay on-site

Pancakes & Pajamas

Saturday, December 8
9 – 11 am

Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, 14050 Heartside Place, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Family Friendly! Join us for a pancake bar, hot cocoa, holiday craft, visit with Santa and more. Wear your PJs!

$5 Members
$8 Non-members

“From Prairie to Posh” Progressive Pop Up Dinner in the Park

Thursday, December 13
7 – 9 pm

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Ages 21+. Join the Historical Park and RVC Promotions for a special Pop Up Progressive Dinner. Enjoy the beauty of the Park as you tour the “From Prairie to Posh” exhibit and enjoy courses along the way.

$50 per person, space is limited and pre-registration required.

Jingle, Mingle & Gingerbread

Friday, December 14
1 – 2:30 pm

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Family Friendly! Calling all Christmas lovers! Help the Historical Park celebrate the season with gingerbread. There will be jingling and mingling, a hands-on craft and enjoy hot cocoa and yummy snacks. Parents be sure to bring your camera.

New Year’s at Noon

Friday, December 28
10 am – Noon

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Ages 5 – 12 (4 year olds are permitted to attend with an older sibling). Let your little ones celebrate the New Year at a reasonable hour. Join Miss Samantha for a morning of crafts, snacks, dancing and celebrating as we ring in the New Year at noon! Please note: party snacks and juice will be provided, water bottles are encouraged. Please contact the instructor if your child has food allergies. #practicallyperfectinthepark

$15 per child, space is limited and pre-registration required.
Instructor – Samantha Young

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